The Crotchety Old Man

Sep 24, 2012
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Meet Helen Pattskyn

[Fan Fiction is one of those things I’d never heard of until I joined the writers group. When I learned that’s how Helen got her start, I asked if she’d write about her experience transitioning from the world of fan fiction to becoming a published author. Check the links at the end of the blog to find our more about Helen and her work. I’m guessing at least of few of you might want to give writing fan fiction a try!  Thanks, Helen, and welcome to My Glass House!] I started writing fanfiction after picking up a Beauty and the Beast fanzine in the very early 1990’s. Stories included everything from exploration of secondary characters, to snippets of life (flash …
Sep 23, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Operation Beautification

The “for sale” sign is up in my front yard. The listing will be available online today or tomorrow. To prepare for what we hope will be a steady parade of potential buyers, yesterday we launched Operation Beautification. Because keeping this house was never in the cards, most of the work is already done. Five years ago we decided to get it ready to sell so we could buy a place closer to campus. Since then we’ve painted inside and out, simplified the landscaping, installed hardwood floors in the great room/dining room, and replaced the carpet in all three bedrooms. Our next project would have been to remodel the fifteen year-old kitchen. Otherwise, the inside of the house is in great …

Sep 22, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Waiting

Progress toward my new normal has slowed. I blame reality. My expectations and imagined outcomes couldn’t possibly be the problem. Thursday afternoon I saw my financial planner. We needed to talk about the impact of the changes I’m making on my retirement plans. First a little explanation is in order. When I started my day job fifteen years ago, I had a choice between two retirement plans: a defined benefit (pension) plan and a defined contribution (savings) plan. According to someone–I can’t even remember who now–the pension plan was the better option if and only if I planned to live in Georgia for the rest of my life. Since I wasn’t sure, I opted for the savings plan. I’ll get Social …

Sep 20, 2012
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Guest Post

Today I’m visiting Zahra Owens on her blog where I talk about my sense of humor. Being funny on demand is a lot harder than just being funny! Click here for the full interview, and thanks for stopping by… My Glass House
Sep 20, 2012
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Meet Chris Kat

I met Michael via Twitter and wish him all the best for his upcoming release Until Thanksgiving.  We exchanged some tweets, then agreed on doing guest posts on each other’s blog. He asked me if I could write how writing fan fiction helped me get published. Easy, I thought—up until I sat down and really thought about it. Suddenly it seemed like a very big and difficult task! What is fan fiction? It is fiction written by fans of a certain book, movie or TV show. Say you watched a movie and felt a certain vibe between two characters but there’s no romantic element in the movie, what do you do? Right after watching the movie you usually daydream about …
Sep 19, 2012
By Michael Rupured
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Get This Show on the Road!

Even though my capacity to remember is not what it once was, I’m pretty sure that 2012 will be a year I remember—and we’ve still got three months to go. If you’re new to My Glass House, just read over my posts since July for an overview.  Short of having a baby or getting married, I’ve checked off quite a few major life events this year. At a glance, you might believe the negatives outweigh the positives. But I don’t see it that way at all, and I’m not just talking about the book deal. I’m not sure if it just happened or I’m only just now seeing it, but somewhere along the way I’ve changed. Yes, getting an advance and …

Sep 17, 2012
By Michael Rupured

More Change

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about how my life is going to change after my partner of the last twelve years moves out. First let me say that the two of us are getting along better than ever. The air has been cleared of any tension and resentments that may have built up over the years. There are no hard feelings and nobody is angry. We’re talking about our future plans and getting advice from each other just as we always have. The love, support, and encouragement from my many friends has made a difference. Your comments about my positive attitude help me stay committed to it. I have moments when I immerse myself in a life where “Falling …

Sep 17, 2012
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Meet Tali Spencer

The Trouble with Fantasy Every world is an adventure. Some are fun and some are dangerous. All of them have rules. I like rules, because rules are what make worlds challenging. When people ask me what I write, I hesitate. There is no clear answer. I tell my hairdresser I write romance. She understands romance. So do my husband’s co-workers and my aunts in West Virginia. Romance is the perfect answer to the question “What do you write?” because everyone knows what romance is. When people hear that answer, they either beam with approval or crack an smirk because they think it’s tripe. But I never have to explain it. Occasionally I admit that I write fantasy, and less often …
Sep 15, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Restructuring

Coming out as a gay man in 1979 was a difficult, painful, and years-long process that I have no interest in repeating. My world turned upside down over night. I didn’t know how to act or what to do. Coming Out for Dummies hadn’t been written yet. A complete and total absence of positive role models didn’t make a rough transition any easier. So I made it up as I went along. On numerous occasions I wished for an older, more experienced gay man I could turn to for advice. Even one such person could have helped me to avoid making some of the decisions that I now recognize as reckless, foolish, or downright insane. Nearly twelve years ago, I …

Sep 13, 2012
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Meet Zahra Owens

The first thing I noticed about Michael Rupured was his sense of humor. What I would give to have the gift of the gab!  You don’t want to know. Seriously. I’m a serious writer. I write romance stories, but need a good dose of angst. I’ve been told I love to torture my characters and yes, I admit, they do need to go through a few harrowing experiences to get to the Happy-Ever-After. They need to really deserve it. Why? I’ll answer that one for you a little later. The question I get asked most, though, is: why gay romance? I usually counter that question by asking: why straight romance? They can pave the streets with straight romance stories. My …
Sep 11, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Success!

In early 2011, I got within spitting distance of 250 pounds. That’s about sixty pounds more than I should weigh. My Body Mass Index fell solidly in the obese range.  To tell you the truth, I’d given up. For exercise, I rode my bike–weather permitting, which ended up being a pretty subjective decision. Too hot. Too cold. Too windy. Looks like rain. You can see the trend. I didn’t ride a lot more than I rode. I joined Weight Watchers in May 2011. My starting weight was 238. Counting points was a real education for me. I found out the healthy salad I had for lunch every day (with fried onion rings, cheese, grilled chicken, a butter-logged slice of Texas …

Sep 10, 2012
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Meet Sue Brown

Today’s post is provided by the fabulous Sue Brown. She’s published about twenty books and has included an excerpt from her latest novel, The Isle of…Where?  I’m honored to share her words of wisdom with you.  I’m featured on Sue’s blog today, too. Visit here. With no further ado, here’s Sue! What? You have a book accepted by a publisher? You are about to launch your writing onto an unsuspecting world? CONGRATULATIONS!! My publisher tells me she accepts eight percent of all the manuscripts she sees. I imagine the numbers must be similar for most publishing houses. But wait… If you haven’t got that far, if the book is still a gleam in your eye, read Sue’s 5 Simple Tips …
Sep 09, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Seriously, Venting is Not Whining

The pace sure has picked up for me here in the last month. Seems like there just isn’t enough time for everything I need to do. Even after a week off from my day job, I’m feeling stressed. Don’t get me wrong–I’m not complaining. I’m grateful for each and every item on my over-full plate. But until I adjust to the additional weight, keeping the plate balanced so nothing falls off the side is going to be a challenge. As is often the case, it’s not so much one thing as the many. Again, I’m not complaining. My busy would still be a welcome and relaxing change of pace for any mother with children still at home. I’m fully aware …

Sep 08, 2012
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Blog Interview: It’s Raining Men

Thanks to Michael Mandrake for interviewing me for the blog, It’s Raining Men. You can read the interview here. Hope you’re enjoying the opportunity to visit a few blogs besides… My Glass House
Sep 07, 2012
By Michael Rupured

At the Family Compound

Vacations mean different things to different people. My favorite getaway is the beach. Relaxing by the water, getting too much sun, and eating seafood every day make for a nice change from normal routines. Nothing else comes close for me. My partner grew up vacationing in Panama City Beach. His grandmother lives there. Eventually, they added a second story apartment to her home, bought the place next door, and put a swimming pool between them with privacy fence on either end. I call it the family compound. Portions are owned by different people and have changed hands several times without ever leaving the family, the most recent being last year when my partner’s dad made the second building his permanent …